Ronda Rousey was ringside for the recent Mae Young Classic tapings at Full Sail University supporting fellow MMA Horsewoman Shayna Baszler.
Even though the first matches of the inaugural Mae Young Classic will not air on the WWE Network until late August, the initial tapings for the tournament took place this past week at Full Sail University. While those who bought tickets to the event were there to enjoy some fantastic wrestling from the 32 competitors taking part in the single elimination tournament, they were also treated to some famous faces in attendance. WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Bayley were all in the front row taking in the action, and normally those would be the biggest names in the arena. But this week, they were joined by former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey.
That's right, Rousey had a front row seat on Thursday night. Although she's known for her love of pro wrestling, she actually attended the event for a more personal reason. Her close friend and fellow Horsewoman, Shayna Baszler, is a competitor in the Mae Young Classic. While Baszler is known for her MMA career, the Mae Young Classic marks her WWE debut, and Rousey did not pass on the opportunity to cheer for her friend in her new career.
WWE posted the news that Rousey would join them for the tapings via WWE.com on Thursday, including a video of Rousey arriving at Full Sail University where she was greeted by Triple H. She was also welcomed by SmackDown Live Superstar Natalya, and judging by the embrace they shared the pair of them are likely already close friends.
This isn't the first time that WWE flaunted Rousey as not only a fan of the business but a friend of the company. Rousey was in the front row of WrestleMania 31, and actually hopped the barrier at the event to take part in an angle. Her and The Rock had an impromptu face off in the ring with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, resulting in Rousey slamming "The Game" to the mat. Despite rumors since then, Rousey is yet to do any more business inside a ring for WWE.
Even though Rousey attended Full Sail to simply support her friend, it will undoubtedly restart the rumors that one day she will compete in a WWE ring. She loves the business, plus her MMA career has, at the very least, wound down—if not ended completely. If Ronda ever does get into pro wrestling, we will likely have a wait for the right moment, but if the wait builds to a match against Charlotte, then it will almost definitely be worth it.